Most of our producers are members of co-operatives or associations, but carry out their work at home. This provides a sustainable livelihood as it is a supplementary form of income to their agricultural work, filling time between seedtime and harvest. This allows them to stay within their rural communities, rather than moving to cities for low paid work.
Pachacuti works with our producers on a long-term basis. In fact, we have worked for more than 10 years with over 50% of our producer groups and several of them have been with us since 1992. Every year we develop an action plan with our producer groups which allows them to direct how Fair Trade will benefit them, giving them a key role in deciding our capacity building strategy for the year. Together we identify and and prioritise actions which will improve our Fair Trade business relationship from training courses and improvements in health and safety through to paying for their Christmas party!